What is this, you ask?
It's our AXE RV BUS. Yep. Headed by Paul Hayeland and his team, they will be going out on the tour and making available for the first time, direct access to the Numbered and Signed GENE SIMMONS AXE BASS...
We will put up a banner soon, telling you how you can get one.
KISS NOMINATED FOR
ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME
By Ben Sisario
Wed, Sept 23rd, 2009
Could Kiss finally make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? After being snubbed for years - the band has been eligible for the honor since 1999 - Kiss has finally been nominated, along with Genesis, the Stooges, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others, the organization has announced. Votes will be cast by a group of more than 500 musicians and industry professionals; of the 12 nominees, the five that get the most votes will be announced in January and inducted into the Hall of Fame at its 25th annual ceremony on March 15 at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan. Acts become eligible 25 years after the release of their first record.
DON'T TRUST THE INTERNET
Recently, on a few sites, I was surprised to find out PLAYBOY TV and I were developing a new TV show.
Problem is, none of it is true.
Don't trust the internet.
New letters posted...
Just curious as to what ever happened, (or what is the status), on the CBS reality show "Jingles". My girlfriend and I read awhile back, where you were to be one of the panel judges. Thank you! We will see KISS 11/24/09 and 11/25/09, here in So. California cannot wait!
Response from Gene:
MARK (Survivor, Apprentice) BURNETT asked me to be the main judge of his new CBS show, JINGLES. I filmed it after the European tour (around March)...and we actually finished all 8 episodes ordered.
However, as sometimes happens, some shows simply don't make it on the air. JINGLES exists somewhere, and it may or may not ever see the light of day.
Thanks for asking.
MOVIE REVIEW: EXTRACT
By Tim Hall
Sat, Sept 12th, 2009
The funniest moment is a scene delivered by Gene Simmons. Simmons plays Joe Adler, an attorney who offers an unorthodox tactic for setting their case outside of court. He also is funny in the ridiculous commercials they show throughout the movie.
MIKE JUDGE EXTRACTS
A WINNER WITH LATEST COMEDY
By Kait Chura
Fri, Sept 11th, 2009
Jason Bateman and Mila Kunis help lead the movie, but it is with the supporting cast that the film really succeeds. J.K. Simmons sets up as the assistant manager who does not know the workers' names and instead refers to them as "Dinkus," and the hardly-recognizable Ben Affleck comes in as the drug-peddling best friend who has someone to call for every situation. Both Simmons and Affleck steal their scenes, but the best supporting character goes to another Simmons - Gene Simmons.
Flapping tongue left at home, Gene Simmons plays the lawyer Joe Adler, who only gets the business of Step - the one-testicled victim of the freak accident - because of his bus stop advertisements. While only appearing in the movie some 10 minutes, Simmons is able to provide the film's most memorable moments - such as repeatedly reminding Joel that the only situation in which his client will settle is if he could smash Bateman's own balls in the door - and adds inarguable flavor to the movie.
THE MIKE JUDGE INTERVIEW:
GENE SIMMONS IN EXTRACT
By Hunter Stephenson
Wed, Sept 9th, 2009
In my interview with Mike Judge, we discussed how actor Ben Affleck came aboard his latest film—a midlife crisis dramedy entitled Extract—as a shaggy, drug peddlng bartender named Dean. With a cast that includes Jason Bateman in the lead, SNL’s Kristen Wiig, David Koechner, Mila Kunis, and Juno’s great J.K. Simmons, it will come as a surprise to anyone sans Satan and Shannon Tweed that KISS’s Gene Simmons steals the picture as a sociopathic ambulance-chasing attorney. Judge included.
Hunter Stephenson: Obviously Gene Simmons is known for his humility, but I’m also sure that he’s had his fair share of run-ins with lawyer to prepare for this role. And these greedy characters appear in your work. Gene’s character, he reminded me of one of Hank Hill’s friends on King of the Hill, who is a car dealer and he’s been swindling Hank on cars for years.
Mike Judge: Oh yeah, I like that one a lot. Yeah, that was producing partner John Altschuler’s idea, that that guy has been ripping Hank off for years. That was a fun one. Gene Simmons had done King of the Hill, but I had never met him in person, that was over the phone. But I’m so out of the loop that I thought people wouldn’t recognize him [out of his KISS makeup]. I didn’t know how huge his reality show was, I was just thinkin’, “Oh, this will be cool, people will go, ‘who is that?’” But instead they go, “Oh, Gene Simmons!” That’s funny.
I had seen Gene on Politically Incorrect, that was the only time I saw him without his makeup on. And I thought, he kind of has that sleazy business man quality, and that he should play one. I say, "He does sell his own coffins." Yeah, yeah. I remember in that movie Bugsy, Billy Graham, who was a concert promoter, he played a mafia guy [Charlie Luciano], and I thought Gene had some of that quality. And then, during casting, we thought that maybe we should see if he’d come in and read for it. (Note: The lawyer character is described as looking like Gene Simmons with a pony tail in the script.)
So, he came in and he just said [super low voice], “I’ll do whatever you ask.” He’s got that great voice, just so severe. And I think I had put at least two KISS videos on Beavis & Butt-Head, and I talked to him a little bit about that. But he’s obviously a really smart guy and a piece of work. You know when he’s on set, just a total pro. No musician-time, no entourage.
New letters posted...
Happy Belated Birthday! Have a question, I've been looking for the season of Miami Vice where you appeared on an episode, none of the seasons say the episodes on the back, which season of it did you appear? Look foward to seeing ya in Little Rock in October!
Response from Gene:
I played Newton Blade, a crime boss (...surprise!!!) on the "Prodigal Son" 2 Hour Season Premier of MIAMI VICE Season II.
GENE SIMMONS & WILLIAM SHATNER
Was invited to do William Shatner's show on BIO recently. And must admit I was taken aback and surprised by Shatner's incisive questions and genuine nature. We both had a good time. Here we are in a lighter moment.
We've been continuing to shoot GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS Season Five (!!!), in between daily interview sessions, meetings on other projects..and of course going to the gym almost every day to get in shape for the forthcoming Monster KISS ALIVE 35 TOUR, kicking off in a few weeks.
Mornings are taken up by doing some promo stuff for EXTRACT, the new Mike Judge movie I have a role in.
And our SIMMONS ABRAMSON company is moving ahead on some very interesting and exciting new clients.
And coming soon, are two new KISS books (which you'll find out more about at KISSONLINE.COM- the Only Official KISS Website) - THE ULTIMATE KISS FANZINE PHENOMENON (Phoenix Books) and KISS KOMPENDIUM, which will chronicle the entire history of KISS in Comics -- all 1,200 pages of it (!!!).
SIMMONS WON'T KISS BUTT
By KYLE SMITH
Fri, Sept 4th, 2009
MUSICIAN, TV star, bestselling author and "Extract" co-star Gene Simmons has mastered just about everything except humility. He waxed philosophical to The Post about Beavis, Butt-head and the meaning of life.
How did you get involved with "Extract"?
"They called up and said, 'You play an a - - hole LA lawyer.' I said, 'I'm in.' They said, 'Do you want to see a script?' I said, 'No.' "
What do you think of lawyers?
"I'm pro- our lawyers, but I hate your lawyers. I don't like ambulance chasers very much. I tried to be as big of an a - - hole as I could be because this guy is an ambulance chaser."
What's your philosophy of life?
"My mother is actually the most sound existential philosopher I've ever met. Her point of view is more profound than Kierkegaard or Nietzsche. She says, 'Every day you're above ground is a good day.' "
Are you a Mike Judge fan?
"Of course. 'Beavis and Butthead' was a game changer. You actually saw a cartoon of people I've seen all my life. It's not the highest life form on planet Earth, but they are who they are. They're profoundly honest in their skin. They can be stupid and racist and all of that, but the animal resembles the skin he's in."
Your next album is being released through Wal-Mart.
"They're terrific. They give 21?2 million people jobs. It's like America. Not everybody loves America. Say, 'America,' and see what happens. Nobody loves it like immigrants, and I am one [from Israel]. You don't know what you've got till it's gone. My mother was in a concentration camp at age 14. That's a big perspective. That'll stop all the bulls - - t."
What do you think of the current political leadership?
"Means well, lacks experience. And that's dangerous. I voted for President Obama, but his healthcare plan is a complete disaster. When I was growing up, it was 'Make Love, Not War,' and that's great, but what if the other side wants to make war?"
Speaking of war, you must have friends in Israel who are worried about Iran.
"I'm not worried, and neither are they. If it ever came to it, they'd know what to do."
What movie role would you most like to do?
"God. Like in the George Burns movie. I should have been God."
Miss Tweed and Paul Stanley threw me a birthday party...and a grand time was had by all.
Video wishes from MARK BURNETT, JOE PERRY, and lots of well wishers....including a hilarious BOB EZRIN video (as a very old man....thanks for that)...
People flew in from all over North America. Bill Randolph from NY. Doc McGhee from Nashville. And Miss Belinda Stronach (with whom I have the SIMMONS RECORDS/UNIVERSAL MUSIC joint venture) flew in all the way from Toronto.
So, I thought I'd share a few fotos from the festivities.
This is the birthday cake.!!!! Yes, a birthday cake. The image may not be all that clear -- but there I am, with my oxygen tank, dragon boots, in a wheel chair (!!!)...surrounded by Soph, Nick and Shannon. Nice. Thanks.
Eric Singer was a barrel of laughs..Here he is flirting with the chicks. He also arranged a 70 year old Thai Elvis impersonator to get up an rock it one time.
Here are Shannon, Nick, Soph and Tracy Tweed laughing at the festivities.
Paul and Erin Stanley....we all had a ball.
Here I am being pushed into the party, sitting in a wheel chair....by a beautiful woman (!!!). However, in the interest of full disclosure before the fact, what you see of our beautiful "nurse", may not be all that it seems. I will leave it up to your imagination to figure it out.
Here's a closer look. She's beautiful. Do I look nervous? And why do you think that is?
Nick. Surrounded by chicks. From left to right: Rose (his girlfriend), Emily Fields, and the beautiful Soph, his devoted sister.
Mr. and Mrs. Thayer.
Here's a solo shot of my "nurse."
The one in the middle? Mine.
Yes. I'm blowing Paul Stanley. What's your point?
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